Name actors in Singer Brothers’ first indie feature

Marilu Henner

THE BROTHERS SINGER, writer/producer David, who is also an award-winning composer, and producer Jonathan, of Coin Operated Films, have lined up an impressive cast for their debut indie feature.

Filming for “Imperfections” will start May 18 at a jewelry store in Jewelers’ Row, 5 W. Wabash, and around the city. 

The comedy suspense stars Virginia Kull, Ed Begley Jr., Marilu Henner, Chelcie  Ross, Zack McGowan, Aston Holmes and Jerry Mackinnon.

The story is about an actress (Kull) struggling to save money to move to Hollywood, who conspires with the son of the jewelry store owner to stage a robbery and keep the diamonds using her boyfriend as the fall guy.  Realizing she’s still in love with her ex complicates the scheme.

Producer is Christina Varotsis; DP, Andrew Wehde; UMP, Dana Scott; production designer, Adri Siriwatt; costume designer Lana McAllister and casting director Erica Daniels.

Script by David Singer, based on an original story written by the brothers. Their prize-winning short, “Advantage Weinberg,” also was selected for the 2013 Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. 

David Singer has scored Broadway plays, including Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize-winning “August: Osage County,” and the current revival “Of Mice and Men.” 

AWARD-WINNING J.R. JONES, film editor of the Chicago Reader, will introduce a special screening of the “The Set-Up” starring Chicago native Robert Ryan, who is the subject of Jones’ biography of the rugged actor, “The Many Lives of Robert Ryan,” at the Music Box Theatre May 31.

“The Set-Up,” directed by Robert Wise, is one of the many films in which Ryan starred, usually as a villain, for two decades during Hollywood’s classic years.  

Jones will be joined in post film discussion of Ryan’s life and career by Lisa Ryan, the actor’s daughter, and Matthew Hoffman of Park Ridge Classic Film. He also will sign copies of his book.

Tickets are $10 with an option to preorder Jones’ book.

CHICAGO ALL-STAR DOCUMENTARIANS will share their expertise and knowledge as panelists at the filmmakers non-fiction Documentary Summit, hosted by and held at Chicago Filmmakers, June 18-19.

The Documentary Summit, returning to Chicago after a three year absence, will bring together award-winning documentarians as Bob Hercules, Greg Jacobs, Shuli Eschel, Tod Lending, Jeff Spitz and many new faces to the Summit, as well as entertainment attorneys Tom Leavens and Jerry Glover of the law firm, Leavens, Strand & Glover.

Early ticket purchase is urged as space is limited. A two-day early bird ticket is a money-saving $125; $90 per day. Buy tickets here